Setting Up an Online Business

Setting up an online business in Malta is relatively straightforward, affordable and tax-efficient venture if planned correctly.


There are often many considerations to take into account when starting an e-commerce business.

From start-up to trading operations; businesses need to ensure that they take everything into account and that nothing is left to chance. Speak with a professional to ensure that you are compliant with Maltese laws.

Tax Advice

Another important consideration when setting up an online business is the overall E-Commerce tax position. Malta is an extremely favourable jurisdiction for setting up an Online Business and E-Commerce operations because of the low effective corporate tax rate. An important consideration within the tax planning stage is to look at the ownership structure to ensure that it achieves all of your objectives.

Value Added Tax

Increasingly, the indirect tax or VAT position of an E-Commerce company is becoming more sophisticated and often forms the most significant administration and compliance challenge for those starting up. The recent changes in VAT legislation that commenced on 1st January 2015 saw a considerable shake-up the tax system. For example, this affected the tax position of telecommunications, broadcasting and electronic services providers in the EU, and also for Non-EU providers who have EU based customers.

For more information on starting an online business in Malta, you may be interested in:

Back to E-Commerce Companies Homepage
E-Commerce Tax and VAT Information
E-Commerce Business Administration

Next Stages of Setting Up an Online Business

Malta is an ideal and attractive jurisdiction for those looking at setting up an online business or e-commerce companies if planned correctly. Papilio Services can guide you from the initial planning stages to start-up and continued operations of the online business.

We have used our expert knowledge to assist many clients from many different countries set up E-Commerce companies and operations using Malta as a strategic and central hub. Our client’s services range from:

  • Auction Websites
  • Electronic Software Service Providers
  • VOIP Service Providers Business
  • SEO Companies
  • E-Ticket Companies
  • E-Commerce Shops

For more information on how we can help you, contact us through email or call us directly +356 2122 7553.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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